7th Edition

Group Counseling Concepts and Procedures

    270 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    First published in 1979, Group Counseling has consistently been a widely used and praised text, providing both novice and experienced counselors with a framework from which to expand group counseling skills and knowledge.

    This revised seventh edition offers a reader-friendly and engaging journey through the group process that is congruent with CACREP standards and the 2021 Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) practice standards and grounded in the most cutting-edge research and theory. The authors present a thorough discussion of the rationale for using group counseling with an emphasis on the group's role as a preventive environment and as a setting for self-discovery. The book examines the group facilitator's internal frame of reference and ways to overcome initial anxiety about leading groups, and also explores typical problems in the development, facilitation, and termination of the group process and provides suggested solutions. Individual chapters are included to explore the application of group counseling with children and adolescents. New additions include a thoroughly revised chapter on diversity competencies and the importance of social justice, along with expanded sections on group assessment and co-leadership, as well as increased use of sample group dialogue to highlight content and process dynamics.

    Educators and students of graduate group courses in counseling, social work, and psychology will find this new edition retains the best elements from past editions and contains new material that is congruent with CACREP and ASGW standards with references to reflect cutting edge research and theory.

    1. History and Rationale of Group Counseling  2. Diversity and Social Justice in Group Work  3. Group Work and Theory  4. Ethics and Leadership Training  5. Leadership Styles, Skills, and Functions  6. The Group Leader's Internal Experience  7. Co-Leadership Rationale and Implementation  8. The Steps for Initiating a Group  9. Maintaining a Group: Process and Development  10. Working Effectively with Resistance in Groups  11. Evaluating the Leader and the Group  12. Group Counseling of Children  13. Group Counseling with Adolescents  Appendix A. ASGW Best Practices Guidelines  Appendix B. ASGW Professional Standards for the Training of Group Workers  Appendix C. Assessment of Group Counselor's Compentencies  Appendix D. Typical Issues in Group Counseling: A Group Transcript  Appendix E. ASGW Multicultural and Social Justice Compentence Principles for Group Workers


    Robert C. Berg is professor emeritus University of North Texas and visiting professor, Southern Methodist University.

    Garry L. Landreth, internationally known for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy, is a regents professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and founder of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.

    Kevin A. Fall is professor of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology at Texas State University.

    "Group Counseling: Concepts and Procedures is my go-to group counseling text. I’ve used it as a core text in my master’s group counseling course for several years. It is an accessible text that my students actually enjoy reading and provides a great balance of important theoretical concepts with practical strategies. The authors write with humor and empathy, which helps the students relate to the material quite easily."

    George McMahon, PhD, clinical associate professor and department head, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, University of Georgia

    "This book emphasizes the skills necessary for effective group leadership and contains a wealth of information for beginning group workers. It is an up-to-date effort to broaden the needed discussion on diversity and social justice in group work. The expanded chapter on co-leadership is welcome and informative, especially for students who may find themselves in co-leadership situations. I particularly appreciate the practical and clear examples the authors provide for both beginning and advanced group workers."

    Delini M. Fernando, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma